DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor Program Member - Heiland Roofing & Exteriors

During the early stages of DaVinci Roofscapes, roofer Mike Heiland was one of the first contractors to offer and install our polymer roof tiles. A roofer for more than 25 years, Mike and his company, Heiland Roofing & Exteriors, have been installing roofs throughout Kansas since 1987.

Polymer Roof TilesWhen we started our DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Program (DMCP) in 2007, we invited Mike to join immediately. Now we're sharing his thoughts on our DMC program with you.

Q: What has it meant to your company to be part of our DMC Program?

A: It's a tremendous experience for our company. When we tell people of our DMC Program status, it brings us instant credibility. We received great training in the DaVinci plant and we stay on top of advances and new products from DaVinci. Because our company has grown right alongside of DaVinci, we've got our heart in every project using these polymer roofing tiles.

Q: What do you think is the best overall feature of the DMCP membership?

A: Our status as a DMCP member gives us a selling advantage over the competition in our marketplace that can't be beat.

Q: If a roofer in New Jersey, Arkansas or Utah asked you if they should become a DMC Program member, what would you tell them?

A: I really believe that, if you're fortunate enough to qualify for the DMC program, then you should go for it. DMCP membership is restricted, and it sets you apart in your market. It's a no brainer for any roofer who wants to increase their sales.

To see what another DMCP member has to say about DaVinci manufactured slate tiles and fake cedar shake roofing, read DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor Profile: McRay Roofing.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval

After more than two decades, the cedar roofing on Jim and Janice Steinlage's home had become faded and was simply worn out. Eager to get the same cedar shake roof look for their Kansas home but with a longer lifespan, Jim Steinlage hit the Internet to research his options. That's where he discovered DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar ShakeAfter deciding to invest in composite shake roofing, the couple's next hurdle was their homeowner's association.

"The most challenging part about this process was getting our HOA to approve our synthetic shake selection since we were the first in our community to request this type of polymer roofing," says Steinlage. "After getting them materials and details on quality references, we were happy that the approval went through within three weeks.

"We were the first in our community to get simulated shake roofing, but we're betting we won't be the last!"

What was the easiest part of the re-roofing process for the Steinlages? "Selecting the shake roofing materials that were perfect for our home," reports Steinlage. "The selections and quality available from DaVinci were great, and we chose a Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe-VariBlend to match the color of our home and our landscaping.

"Everyone thinks the fake cedar shake on the roof looks awesome. We've told several people that this product looks great, is of great quality and has a terrific long-term warranty that means this is the last roof we'll ever put on our home!"

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Home Improvement Month Tips for Your Roof

The focus in May during Home Improvement Month for many homeowners should start at the top of the house. That's the advice of home improvement expert Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford.

"The roof is the most essential item that helps protect your home and its contents, so you want to place a priority on its care," says Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show.

Lyle suggests homeowners hire professional roofers or roofing inspectors to evaluate roofs after major storms or with older homes. (see also Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead)

Fake SlateFor homeowners doing their own evaluation he recommends the following:

Tip 1 - Make sure to inspect your roof on a windy day. That's when you're most likely to see broken tiles or those not secured properly because they'll be “flapping” in the wind.

Tip 2 - Take a pair of binoculars and "inspect" your roof from all angles around your house. Look for missing or damaged tiles that may indicate the life of your roof is coming to an end. If that's the case, consider a replacement eco friendly roof made of polymer roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, that offer long-lasting beauty and durability, without maintenance hassles.

Tip 3 - If you have asphalt shingles, when you clean out your gutters, look to see how many asphalt granules are in the gutter. An abundance of shingle granule residue means your roofing product is starting to break down and fail, which may mean a new roof is in your future.

Tip 4 - To view and fix problem areas yourself, use caution on the roof and with ladders. Always work with at least one other person and take special care with tools brought onto the roof to secure them.

Tip 5 - When severe weather or a hail storm comes through your area, note the date and time immediately. If you think your roof has been damaged, contact your insurance agent first. There's no need to contact a roofer. Your insurance company will send their own inspector to evaluate any damage that may have occurred.

"All areas of the country are subject to severe weather of different kinds," says Lyle. "From strong winds to wildfires to hail, our roofs take a battering from Mother Nature. One of the best way to protect your home is to invest in a roof that can stand up to the elements and has a long, solid warranty.

"I've put some composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes through my own tests. I've burned them with a blow torch, frozen them, pounded on them with a baseball bat and they still look like new. That's the advantage of having an advanced man-made product on your roof. These synthetic roofing tiles are a real asset for any home."

See Allen put synthetic slate shingles and fake cedar shake shingles through his tests by viewing the video below or by clicking HERE.

 

 

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Rest, Relaxation and Roofing

A place to unpack, relax and lay down after a busy day. That's what most hotels offer their guests. But, at the Beach Terrace Inn and Hotel Breakers, they also offer a designer roof overhead from DaVinci Roofscapes that boasts a Class A Fire Rating for added peace of mind.

The eco friendly roof on the Beach Terrace Inn is almost as picturesque as the calming Pacific Ocean waters just a few feet from the California hotel. Fake SlateSimulated slate roofing atop the 48 rooms in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades, offers an eye-pleasing appeal to the structure. And, the easy-care polymer roofing resists the damages of salt air and sea spray, so the fake slate roof always looks its best.

Also located on restful waters, the Hotel Breakers sits between Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The historic hotel is now in the second phase of having Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing installed over the entire hotel complex. (see Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof)

"One of the chief reasons Bellaforté slate roofing tiles were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project originally was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the polymer roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR, the roofing company in charge of installing both phases of the imitation slate roof.

While the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs had similar cold weather concerns when installing DaVinci composite roofing on their 1892 historic structure for 120 assisted living residents, there are those lucky hospitality projects, like the Westin St. John Villas Timeshare, that have no worries. Located in the tropical paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bellaforté Shake tile roofs were installed by people in shorts --- not in snowsuits!

Need more details on our lightweight roofing materials used on hotels? Then Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels!

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Is it Real or is It DaVinci?

"There's not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn't remark on our 'real slate' roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our DaVinci polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it."  Michael Klappa, a resident of the Lionsgate community in Overland Park, Kansas

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we hear this kind of comment quite a bit. People are actually surprised that our imitation slate roofing tiles look so close to the real thing that they can't tell the difference between what's real and what's composite roofing.

We take that as a compliment. After all, we're constantly seeking to improve the authentic profiles of our fake slate and composite shake roofing. The closer they look to natural slate and cedar roofing, the better they'll look on the home.

Try it for yourself ... which of these pictures is real slate and which is manufactured slate?

Fake Slate

 

Did you guess the second one as real slate? Then we fooled you ... actually, the third one is natural slate while the first two images show our DaVinci synthetic slate roof shingles.

While pictures can be tricky, there's no kidding around when it comes to the benefits of simulated slate roofing over a natural slate tile roof. Our man-made product features lightweight roofing tiles that install faster and easier than heavy natural slate, plus they provide maintenance-free peace-of-mind for homeowners for decades. (See To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question)

So, if you're ready to invest in a new luxury roof and have slate roof tiles on your mind, visit our comparison chart to learn the many benefits of synthetic slate roofing.

 

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Composite Shake DaVinci Tiles Selected By Missouri Community

The Compton family served as the "neighborhood guinea pigs" in 2014 when the architectural review committee of their homeowners association decided to allow polymer roofing as an option on homes in their Missouri community.

"We volunteered our house to display examples of two shades of the Bellaforté Shake composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Robert Compton. "This worked out great for us because we wanted to see exactly which simulated shake roofing color looked best on our house."

Neighbors flooded the Compton property to see the sustainable roofing product samples and options that Cardinal Contractors had set up on site. "We previously had cedar shake roof shingles that were a hassle to maintain," says Compton. "There were several features about the DaVinci shake shingles that appealed to us. We liked the improved performance over real cedar in terms of fire and impact ratings.

"We're very pleased with the Bellaforté product. One of our neighbors had their roof replaced with real cedar shake roofing just a year ago and it already appears to need cleaning. We expect our roof to maintain the current appearance for years to come."

The Comptons have led the way in the neighborhood as residents make the change to synthetic roof material. "Three of our immediate neighbors had the same DaVinci product installed on their own homes and we know of one more that will probably do so in the near future," says Compton. "Since we served as the 'guinea pig' in the community I've gotten to know many of our neighbors better. Many of them have been overwhelmingly supportive of the community's move to allow these fake cedar shake shingles for our designer roofs."

 

For more neighborhood roofing stories, see Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.

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Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Prize Winner!

Look up the word "lucky" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Dan Garnaat in there.

The Arkansas homeowner once won $10,000 in the Powerball lottery AND he won one of the grand prizes in the 2014 The Great TOH Giveaway --- a free DaVinci Roofscapes eco-friendly roof!

"My ranch-style home was built in 2000 and the roof had been showing signs of wear recently," says Garnaat. "I had noticed a fair amount of asphalt shingle aggregate in the gutters lately, which is never good because it means the shingles were starting to fail. I was hoping to put off getting a new roof because I just had to replace my heating and air system, which was costly. This synthetic shake roofing prize from This Old House magazine and DaVinci came at just the right time!"

Garnaat selected a Bellaforté Shake designer roof as his grand prize. To complement his single-level home he chose the composite shake roofing in the Tahoe-VariBlend combination of Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe and Medium Dark Tahoe.

"The crew from Foster Roofing stripped the old roof off and installed the new synthetic shake shingles in a little over six hours," says Garnaat. "I'm really happy with the look of this fake cedar shake product. I even have enough leftover synthetic cedar shake shingles to cover the dog house!

"I've had many good comments on this new shake roofing materials from others. When I tell them that the product is Class A Fired Rated, resists impact and has a lifetime limited materials warranty they're even more impressed!"

For another winner's story see DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.

 

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Fake Shake Outperforms Cedar Shake Roofing

Look up the word "shake" in a thesaurus and you'll see the following synonyms: tremble, quiver, quake, shudder, wobble and vibrate. Funny that those are the same words that many people use to describe their experiences with real cedar shake roofing.

While cedar roof shingles can look attractive and appealing when first installed, over time they have a tendency to rot, warp and splinter. And, they've been known to also become "wobbly" and insect-infested.

How do homeowners satisfy their desire for the eye-catching appeal of cedar roofing without the maintenance hassles associated with real shake roofing? Simulated shake roofing to the rescue.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we manufacture fake cedar shake roofing tiles that look so realistic that people standing below a house can't tell the difference from a real shake tile roof. Available in 9", 7", 6" and 4" tile widths, DaVinci's hand-split multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are carefully crafted using only virgin resins to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

To increase the realistic appearance of these shake alternative roofing tiles, each fake cedar shake tile features both straight and wavy grains throughout the tile for a realistic look. And, as with all DaVinci lightweight roofing materials, the composite shake tiles resist fire, high wind and impact. They're also created to resist rot, insects and moisture and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Need more details? See DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.

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Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities

If you're a homeowner, you may not give a second thought to what condo communities put on their roofs. But, you should ... because you can learn a lot.

"Property managers and homeowner associations evaluate the 'Total Cost of Ownership' when making replacement roofing decisions," says Mike Ward, with DaVinci Roofscapes. "They're determining which products have the greatest return on investment from the standpoint of durability, longevity, low-maintenance costs and aesthetics. These are the same considerations individual homeowners should evaluate when selecting roofing products."

According to Ward, this type of analysis plays favorably for polymer roofing products that resist impact, fire, insects, mold and algae. Other advantages that condo and townhome communities look for in a roof include the color being blended throughout each tile and a 50 year roof warranty. Again, the same key aspects homeowners look for when making a smart roof choice.

Across the country, many condo communities have identified DaVinci composite roofing as the solution to their roofing needs.

In California, the Mai Kai condo community in Newport Beach had salt air and sea spray affecting their real shake shingles. The cedar roofing on the 34 units deteriorated over time, requiring the community to launch a search for fake cedar shake roofing. (see California’s Mai-Kai Condos Stand Out with New DaVinci Multi-Width Shake Roofing)

“Our research and the recommendation of a design consultant led us to the DaVinci product for its appearance, durability and maintenance,” says John Adler, a member of the Mai-Kai condo board of directors. “The strength of the product really impressed us and helped influence our decision.”

 

At the Catawba Shores condo community in Port Clinton, Ohio, 35 housing units had to get new roofs because of roof hail damage.(see Lakeside Condo Community Relies on Bellaforté Shake Roofing Tiles)

"We feel we made the right selection with DaVinci since these roofing tiles are impact-, hail-, insect-, algae- and fire-resistant," says Jim Packard, president of the Catawba Shores Homeowners Association. "We estimate that we’re saving more than $10,000 per year on the ongoing maintenance costs from our old roof, and we’ve got the peace-of-mind that these roofs will help protect our units from fire and hail."

 

In areas of Colorado, Turner Morris Roof Systems has installed DaVinci Class A Fire Rated synthetic roofing material on a variety of condo communities, including Quartermoon Townhomes in Bachelor Gulch, the Dakotas in Avon and Bachelor Spring Townhomes near Arrowhead Village.            

"DaVinci is the only product that performs well in our climatic region," says Scott Cunningham, mountains project manager with Turner Morris Roof Systems. "These communities are looking for durable composite roofing tiles that can withstand heavy snowfall along with the threat of wildfire. We've found the solution with DaVinci synthetic cedar shake tiles."

 

 

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Scary Roofs

Creaking stairs and ghoulish figures aren't the only haunting things in neighborhoods this Halloween. Some roofs are downright scary.

Cedar ShinglesAt the Covington Creek condo community in Indiana, the cracked, rotted and algae-ridden real cedar roof shingles on 207 condo units were a frightful sight in recent years. Forget shrunken heads ... at this subdivision there were stained, curling and shrunken wooden cedar shake roofing tiles overhead.

This year however, Covington Creek isn't a haunted community. Thirty-one buildings have now been re-roofed with new Bellaforté Shake composite shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Gone are the scary roofs ... replaced with synthetic shake roofing that's beautiful and long-lasting. Plus they're backed with a 50 year roof warranty.

We promise ... it's no trick that fake cedar shake roofs look better and last longer than cedar roofing. Our state-of-the-art polymers help provide a durable designer roof with synthetic shake shingles that is simply a treat for homeowners!

Composite Shake

 

Want another Halloween treat? Learn how to Invest in Your Roof and Shake it Off ... with our shake roofing materials!

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Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing

What's that disgusting black and green coating you often see on cedar shake roofing products? Mold. Fungus. Algae. And, it can even grow in yellow, sickly green and red colors. That's NOT the kind of color you want on your roof!

Homeowners who desire the beauty of cedar roofing without the rainbow of growth problems can turn to DaVinci Roofscapes for a shake alternative with all the right colors. Made of virgin polymers that resist algae, mold, fungus and insects, DaVinci synthetic shake shingles come in dozens of standard colors and eye-pleasing color blends.

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Forget about the worries of rotting wood, decay and fire hazards. DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles resist impact, high winds and fire, along with fading, curling and ugly mold growth. And, because each DaVinci shake blend is formulated from different wood tones -- with both wavy and straight grains throughout the designer roof blend -- you get a natural variation in colors to give you a realistic shake tile roof look. (See Shaking Up Roofs)

Need another reason to have DaVinci simulated shake roofing overhead? Then consider this: DaVinci products have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating to help withstand Mother Nature's wrath. Package all that together with a 50 year roof warranty and you'll turn green with envy ... and that's a color we CAN get on your luxury roof!

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DaVinci Composite Shake: Seeing is Believing

Homeowner Linda Merrihew did not want a composite roof. Then she saw DaVinci Roofscapes simulated shake roofing tiles on a home and her mind was changed.

"After we visited a few locations so I could actually see it on an entire roof (and not just a picture or a piece), I loved it," says Merrihew, a resident of Tualitin, Oregon. "It looked so real and I thought it would be perfect on our five acres with all the trees always dropping needles and leaves. I was right. They just slide right off!"

Most importantly, Merrihew always had the dream of a grey house ... and she was able to reach that dream with a custom blend of three grey fake cedar shake tiles created for a DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof.

"I thought if I started with a grey roof I would work my way down," says Merrihew. "Our roof is a huge portion of our house so a single color would have been boring and overpowering. The tri-color grey blend is subtle but just enough to break it up and make it look unique. I love it!"

 

Merrihew's home is now painted a pale grey with grey shutters and trim. Although she may not have known it at the time, she was adhering to the "top down" color advice offered by national color expert Kate Smith, who always recommends starting at the roof and working down with color combinations on a home exterior. (see Adding Color to the Exterior of the Home)

How satisfied is Merrihew with her new luxury roof? "I absolutely LOVE the look, and everyone who sees it is totally impressed," says the homeowner. "My son was a 'Street of Dreams' builder last year and he wishes he had known about this roof sooner!"

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Troubled Shake Shingle Bridge Over Calm Waters

One of the most famous sites in Switzerland is the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne. This 204-metre long covered wooden bridge was constructed in 1333 to defend against any attack that might come from nearby Lake Lucerne.

In 1993 fire destroyed the bridge, but locals quickly had it rebuilt because of its prominence in the city. What a shame that almost 20 years ago the reconstruction couldn't include a synthetic cedar shake roof.

While picturesque, the natural cedar shake roof on the bridge is covered with algae and heavy winter storms have taken a toll on the bridge. Perhaps when it's time to replace the cedar roof shingles the Swiss will consider Multi-Width Shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Created to accurately resemble shake tile roofs, the DaVinci synthetic shake roofing product comes in six different natural color blends and resists algae, insects, moisture and mold. The hand-split composite shake roofing tiles from DaVinci are carefully crafted to guarantee a sustainable roofing product.

Polymer ShakeThe multiple widths (4-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-inches) of the fake cedar shake help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in a straight or staggered pattern. And, both wavy and straight grains are blended throughout for an authentic look.

Backed by a 50-year limited warranty, DaVinci shake alternative roofing tiles are impact and wind resistant. Plus, they have a Class A fire rating ... which would give this bridge with a fiery history peace-of-mind for the future.

Want to shake up your roof? See Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake and Shake, Rattle and ... DaVinci.

 

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Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church

The roof on the Woodland United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas has been replaced many times in the past 103 years. Most recently, hail damage in August of 2012 demanded a new roof be placed on the sanctuary, fellowship hall, steeple and portico.

"The Bellaforté Shake polymer roof tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are a long-term roofing solution for this church," says Kendall R. Zielke, commercial estimator and project manager for Midwest Roofing Services. "We've installed this composite shake product successfully on other projects in our area that are also subject to our severe weather conditions and always have good results. Since this is an impact-resistant synthetic shake tile with a 50-year roof warranty, we believe this shake alternative is ideal for the church structure."

Church leaders selected the Tuscano blend of four autumn brown colors as the roofing color option that most resembled the previous wood shakes on the stone church. "This shake alternative so closely resembles our former roof that I don't think many members even know this is a synthetic shake roofing material," says Jim Brown, a member of the Board of Trustees at the church. "Unless you get very close, you can't tell that there are 'fake cedar shakes' on our roof."

Bellaforté Shake composite roofing tiles include a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. "The snap-fit aspect of the Bellaforté is a great feature of this product," says Zielke. "In addition, a square of Bellaforté tiles weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce our installation time and allows us to get the job done faster for our clients."

See Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof for another success story on DaVinci imitation slate roofs on churches.

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Boys and Their Toys ....

What happens when two home improvement experts take a flame torch and baseball bat to DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate and shake roofing tiles? Click HERE to see the video of Joe Truini and Allen Lyle of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford television show test our DaVinci composite roofing in their workshop.

Joe swings his baseball bat repeatedly at the plastic slate tiles with no impact damage. And, to make the challenge more difficult, he freezes our simulated slate roofing tile and then whacks away at it again ... with the same "no problem" results. His impression? That unlike natural slate that can become brittle and break easily, DaVinci fake slate tiles can withstand the pounding of his bat (and most hail storms!) along with frigid weather.

Next, Allen lights up his propane torch to try and set the DaVinci fake cedar shake tiles on fire. No go. As Allen learns, the flame won't easily spread on our fire-resistant composite shake tiles. Why? Because unlike natural cedar shake roof materials that almost instantly spread flames when a burning ember hits it, DaVinci shake roofing materials are manufactured to resist flame spread --- and they're backed by a 50-year Limited Lifetime Warranty!

For more details on imitation slate tiles, see Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013 and March Winds and Hammers Don't Impact DaVinci Roofing Tiles.

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Praying for a New DaVinci Roof

We may bow our head to pray inside the church, but when outside of several churches across the country people are looking up ... at their DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofs that grace the top of those churches.

From coast to coast, synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing tiles from DaVinci top off churches of every religion.

Ukrainian ChurchIn Johnson City, New York, visitors to the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church are immediately captivated by the traditional Ukrainian design of the church structure. Topped by three 80-foot tall domes, the massive building looks like it’s made completely of wood shakes on the siding and roof. But, a closer look reveals that the designer roof is really made of Valoré synthetic cedar shakes that perfectly replicate real wood shake shingles. (See Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church)

Several states away in Terra Haute, Indiana, St. Patrick’s Church has been in existence since 1881. After putting up with leaky roofs for years, Bellaforté simulated slate roofing tiles in a blend of greens were installed on three of the original four structures.

Dependability and long-term low-maintenance features are key reasons that the Cynthiana Baptist Church in Kentucky, the Unitarian Universalists Church in Indiana, the Self-Realization Fellowship in California and the St. Louis Catholic Church in Virginia all selected lightweight roofing solutions from DaVinci.

Dayton ChapelBut perhaps the church that has made the best use of the features of DaVinci eco friendly roofing tiles is the 140+ year old chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. This historic building’s DaVinci fake slate roof replicates the original large cross design with a star-studded border in medium tan slate polymer tiles on a background of black slate alternative tiles.

“The availability of different shades of tiles made it possible to accurately duplicate the original design from the chapel’s roof,” says architect Edward Groh with PEDCO, an engineering and architecture firm in Cincinnati, Ohio responsible for designing the roof. “The result is a roof that everyone is exceptionally pleased with and a design that brings the original exterior look back to the chapel.”

You might just say that a DaVinci roof is the answer to many prayers.            

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DaVinci Roofs: An Answer to Many Prayers

Coast-to-coast you'll find DaVinci polymer roofing tiles atop many different churches. While each church recognizes the benefits of the long-lasting synthetic roofing tiles, perhaps the churches that appreciate them the most are the oldest ones.

“This simulated slate roofing product truly looks like the original slate tile that was placed on our church and chapel more than 75 years ago," says Father Peter Grover, OMV with St. Clement Eucharist Shrine in Boston. "The Bellaforté product allowed us to preserve both the historical look and feel of our facilities. We also gained the advantage that these polymer tiles resist fire, high winds and severe weather. That gives us all peace-of-mind knowing that our church facility and seminary are protected."

In Jacksonville, Oregon, the town's Historic Architectural Review Committee approved a DaVinci Roofscapes shake shingle roof to replace the decaying cedar shakes on the roof at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, which opened in 1881. A Tahoe blend featuring five shades of brown in multi-width composite shake tiles provides the church with the authentic cedar look they desired.

"Our entire town is on the national historic register and we had to receive permission from the Historic Architectural Review Committee to use the DaVinci roofing product," says Dave Harter, elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. "Because the product looked so authentic to real cedar shakes and had a better fire rating than wood shingles, the committee made the decision for the first time ever to allow polymer roofing tiles on a structure in our city."

The DaVinci lightweight roofing materials used for both churches are Class 4 impact rated and have been rated Class A for fire retardance. The fake slate and fake cedar shake roofing materials have also achieved the highest ratings for straight line wind testing at 110 mph and have passed testing for extreme weather conditions.

Backed by a 50-year limited lifetime warranty, DaVinci plastic roofing materials resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.  

Looking for more details on how imitation slate shingles are used to create eco friendly roofs? Then visit Historic Church Gets High-Tech Polymer Roof and Historic Peterson House Gets DaVinci Polymer Roof.

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Tackling Winter Roof Installations

Two pairs of socks, check. Thermal underwear, check. Warm hat and gloves, check. DaVinci polymer roofing tiles, double check!

Despite frigid weather, roofers across the country can install DaVinci synthetic roofing tiles with confidence, even in the bone-chilling cold. By using extra jobsite caution, along with top-quality underlayments, an imitation slate or fake cedar shake DaVinci roof systems can be added twelve months a year.

Actually, DaVinci composite roofing can be installed in much colder temperatures than many other roofing products --- even in temperatures as cold as 20 degrees F. As opposed to asphalt shingles that are more sensitive to temperatures and can expand and contract, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are ready for cold weather application.

Despite shorter days and cold temperatures, designer roofs made of synthetic materials can be installed during the winter months. Here are some tips for your cold weather installations:

Tip #1 - Prior to installation in colder temperatures, make sure that the shingles have been stored flat and are only installed when they are flat.

Tip #2 - DaVinci's unique formula allows our composite shingles to remain flexible in colder weather. It's important that the shingles are laid at a very minimum 3/16”.

Tip #3 - If using a pneumatic roofing nail gun for plastic roofing materials installation, the pressure should not be set too high. You may wish to hand nail pieces in if you're having trouble with your gas air compressor.

For more insights into cold weather roofing, visit BRRRR! Can a DaVinci Roof Be Installed In Colder Weather??  and Things to Think About for Cold Weather and your Roof.

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Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake

New Year's Eve celebrations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta had the popular theme of "Swing, Shag, Shuffle and Shake" during the early 1990s. The all-night event included music options to match the mood of every partygoer.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we make every day a "roof party" with our synthetic shake roofing products. While these cedar shake roof alternatives don't dance, they're the talk of any house party when they sit on the roof overhead!

Made in the U.S.A. by experienced professionals, the full line of polymer shake roofing tiles at DaVinci add value and prestige to homes across America. DaVinci Multi-Width Shake shingles display the texture of natural cedar shake with a deep-grained surface. Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width fake shake product features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Bellaforté composite shake roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the products. A square of Bellaforté tiles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

And, if you want to get fancy about your cedar shake alternative roof, look at DaVinci Fancy Shake polymer roof tiles. They provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake shingles. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

Finally, shake up your home with the single-width Valoré Shake product line. These lightweight roofing materials embrace the art and science of roofing to offer exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. Valoré Shake comes in a 9" tile width with a 5/8" profile to provide deep, attractive shadow lines.

All DaVinci designer roof tiles resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects, making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographic areas. Plus, they are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty ... so party on!

For more information on our shake products, please visit Four Shake Profiles - What's the Difference? and Roof Check Recommended During Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.

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